Sat. Sept. 11, 2021 – and yet life goes on

Slightly cooler, and less humid, with sun and little chance of rain. REALLY nice in the shade with a breeze. Anyway, that was yesterday and what I’m hoping for today.

Got my plumbing repair done. For the record, yes. You do need to shut off the water before removing the screws holding the shower mixing valve in place. You really do. Took about half an hour start to finish and was very straightforward. The youtube video called out the only tricky part (not getting the old O rings out, or not getting the new ones in place) so it was easy to do.

Got some more stuff into bins for the local auctioneer, and got several bins dropped off.

Went back to storage and sorted through even more stuff.

Put a few items up on ebay, as a test. I never used my phone to list, but a youtuber I really like watching says he does all his listing from the phone. His product mix is different from mine, but for common items that have upc codes or are otherwise easy to find on ebay, the phone app works pretty well. It saves a couple of steps involving picture handling, and it fills more of the listing form for you. It isn’t great for entering a lot of text if your description is long. So far, I’ve just used it for a couple of books, games, and DVDs. I’ve already got 2 lowball offers on one of the game disks*, so it works.

You never know what you’ll find at the Goodwill Outlet stores. Two days ago I grabbed 10 pounds of costume jewelry for $15. I’ll make that back easy with the bakelite bracelets and still have a pile of stuff for my Halloween pirates’ booty. Yesterday I grabbed a B & W powered subwoofer that originally sold for $1400 and people are still asking $500-700 online for used ones. It’s a heavy SOB so I paid up for it. Still, should be a nice score. In the last week I found a $1500 coffee maker, nike watch, vintage sportswear, and tons of books for the kids. Gub accessories and reference books too.

Now I need to get it sold. I’ve already listed some, and taken a bunch to the auction. Some recent scores will bulk out the bins of other stuff that I’m selling that way. BTW, the auctioneer is still happy to get more from me, including some of the industrial stuff. He’s the first of them that actually meant it when he said “bring it all.”

Non-prepping hobby meeting today, so I’ll be offline until noon-ish. Mostly I think we’ll be doing ‘show and tell’ for stuff we swapped around at our show last weekend. Should be fun.

I really hope the islamic terrorists are content to carve up Afghanistan for a while and don’t have anything planned for today. It’s a big day for them too, so if you’re out and about, keep your awareness up. Self radicalized ‘lone wolves’, or an organized plan, an attack is overdue. Never forget. Never forgive.

Go to the store and buy some stuff. Stack it high.

nick

*sold it for listing price while I was writing this post. Now if I could do that for some big ticket items…

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

55 thoughts on “Sat. Sept. 11, 2021 – and yet life goes on”

  1. “Joe Biden Announces Civil War”

    “Biden assured the American people they will lose the upcoming Civil War as they don’t have any F-15’s or nukes. Any unvaccinated Americans who survive will be sent to special camps where they will learn the importance of getting vaccinated.”

    Some days the Bee gets closer to the truth than they meant to be.

    To reiterate, the camps will have WiFi and unlimited Baby Yoda streaming. Outside the wire will revert to dial Internet and fax communications, fully preserving all Americans’ Constitituional rights to privacy at 33.6 kbps. 99% of the population will report without a shot being fired, depositing their guns in the barrels at the entrance.

    If you haven’t done so already, go watch “Zombieland 2” to see what happens next.

    And be sure to stick around for *all* of the Bill Murray material. There will be a quiz.

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  2. Don’t forget the weekly allotment of soy rations. Meat is bad, expensive, and only for the elite.

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  3. Don’t forget the weekly allotment of soy rations. Meat is bad, expensive, and only for the elite. 

    Priced an Impossible Burger lately?

    The stores outside the wire will be fully stocked, probably better than they are now. The Elites will want to venture out at least as far as the range on their Tonymobiles will allow, like Lion Country Safari.

    Special stores just for the elite will be a huge pain in the a** to administer and protect. It will be business as usual for Tar-jay, Walmart, and Costco.

    Outside the wire reverts to an mid 90s level of telecommunications being easily accessible. The TVs will still talk to each other and phone home. That’s all they need for control. What’s a guerilla movement going to attack?

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  4. Currently travelling in Extremadura, Spain, doing preparation for a large family holiday next year (subject to pandemic status). A couple of observations.  Firstly, wearing a mask appears to be largely optional outside (despite mandates), with people often carrying masks as wrist adornments.  It does take fun out of wandering around, choosing to respect those who for whatever reason still seem fixated on masking in the open. Second, I realise I miss my chair. I am using mid range accommodation – no where near five star, so I guess I miss some of the comforts of home.  But I have had a realisation, that ‘my chair’ studiously selected many years ago, is where I go to relax. With a view of my garden, direct view to TV and easy access to hot and cold beverages, this is where my home downtime resides – and I miss it when travelling; mid range accommodation just does not provide such luxuries.  I do also have an excellent chair at my computer work station at home, but I can live without that … I do miss my chair. Could be the new FLASHLIGHTS.

  5. @Greg Norton

    “The stores outside the wire will be fully stocked, probably better than they are now. The Elites will want to venture out at least as far as the range on their Tonymobiles will allow, like Lion Country Safari.”

    New sign at the WalMart:

    “Due to the excess hazards of fire in lithium battery packs, all Tonymobiles must park in the remote lot near the self-service fire extinguisher”

     

     

     

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  6. New sign at the WalMart:

    “Due to the excess hazards of fire in lithium battery packs, all Tonymobiles must park in the remote lot near the self-service fire extinguisher”

    Fire extinguisher? That won’t cut it.

    Try a 30,000 gallon water tank.

    That number comes from the Austin FD who have experience with Tesla fires. A typical car fire is 1000 gallons.

  7. @Greg Norton

    “I should have been more clear that it doesn’t matter *to the media* since they hate DeSantis and know he is probably safe for reelection, allowing focus to shift to issues relevant to 2024. ”

    The media’s goals are more aspirational than practical at this point. If Biden’s approval rating continues to slide–and it’s hard to see how it doesn’t with the words his puppeteers are putting in his mouth–the shift in the House could exceed 60 seats.

    That makes primarying Cheney and her ilk a no-brainer. Those that voted for Trump’s impeachment have been silent on the multiple articles filed by MTG. Biden directly telling Ghani to lie makes a stark contrast with the phone call that was the false basis for Trump’s second impeachment. Add in the Afghanistan debacle (in addition to leaving people behind, see Eikenberry’s remarks and read ITAR violations, and bet on video of the Chinese taking over Bagram), the attempted extension of the unconstitutional CDC rent moratorium, the unraveling of the political prosecution of the Jan 6 protesters, the unconstitutional vaccine mandates, etc., and their silence leaves them nowhere to go but broke and home. Good time to clean out some RINOS.

    The new Republican majority in the Senate will never hit 60, so it’s more show trials without convictions.

    But if there are any real strategists out there, the impeachments will start with Hillary Clinton, Pelosi, Schiff, and the others who violated their oaths of office to fabricate charges against Trump. Fauci will get prosecuted for lying under oath. Lay out the evidence and push it hard and the MSM will not be able to not report it. Play hard ball and let it be known that getting on CNN and MSNBC and lying your head off will get you a congressional subpoena.

     

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  8. What’s a guerilla movement going to attack?

    That’s a joke, right? The US infrastructure is so fragile that an unsupported individual can wreak enormous havoc on an urban environment.

    the shift in the House could exceed 60 seats

    Oh, my sweet summer child! Do you think next year’s election will be honest?

    (Note to MrAtoz: See? It’s not only you that I call a sweet summer child.)

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  9. Any change in the House or Senate will have little to do with Redumblicans there. The spineless party could care less as long as the gravy train continues. tRump will do more to elect conservatives than those doosh-nozzles or the RNC. If tRump runs in 2024, no spineless Redumbo will beat him in the primaries.

  10. That makes primarying Cheney and her ilk a no-brainer. Those that voted for Trump’s impeachment have been silent on the multiple articles filed by MTG.

    I don’t know about the others, but RINO Jaime Herrera-Beutler in SW WA State is probably safe even though she voted for Impeachment.

    Herrera-Beutler has been a sympathy vote over her child’s health issues since 2012 after sneaking into office in 2010 spouting Tea Party rhetoric.

    We lived out there from 2010-2014.

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  11. Joined about sixty volunteers in the wee hours of the morning today.
    We placed 2,996 flags at the Delaney Parkstrip before the sun rise. If I have time I’ll throw pics up on my webpage.

    Had breakfast after with a few of the volunteers. Will go back at sunset to remove the flags.

    The effort was conceived and organized by a young women who was in fourth grade on September 11, 2001. The age my daughter is now.

    It is difficult to conceive how much time has passed, and the harm we have inflicted on ourselves in the intervening years.

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    On the house front – last thing to move is the rabbitry. Another open house today.

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  12. Gaza Terror Groups Fire Rockets at Israel, Enraged Palestinians go on Rampage

    The Islamic terror group Hamas, which on Monday had called for a “Day of Joy” to celebrate the prison break, joined other Palestinian terrorist outfits in calling for a “Day of Rage” over the recapture of the notorious terrorists.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/09/israel-recaptures-four-of-six-palestinian-terrorist-fugitives/

    This should be the next paragraph:

    Tragically, an unmarked van transporting the recaptured terrorists was destroyed by one of the Hamas rockets when the guards stopped at a layover for a tea break. All four terrorists were killed. The guards escaped injury, although one complained that he was so startled by the blast that he dropped his favorite teacup, denting it and spilling the contents. “Don’t worry”, he said, “I will expense for a new cup and replacement tea.”

  13. @MrAtoz:

    He should just keep his yap shut.

    All politicians, almost without exception, have incurable logorroea.

    The exception, of course, is Plugs.

    G.

     

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  14. Home for a bit. House is quiet with all the females otherwise engaged. Youngest is at a birthday party at an escape room, oldest is a tag along with mom, mom is shopping for shoes for youngest, or something like that.

    I had a nice meeting, kinda sparsely attended but still a nice get together. Had a moment of silence to remember, then our regular meeting.

    Time to ship my sale from last night and do some more auction stuff. Currently 95F but only 43%RH. Nice, especially in the shade.

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  15. Put a few items up on ebay, as a test.

    I’ve utilized the EBay guarantee so many times over the last couple of months that I’m surprised I haven’t received a nastygram about my return count.

    Lots of junk out there right now, some of it listed in a really professional manner.

  16. Although some ‘extremists’ are surely Trump supporters, I don’t think the quote mentioned in a previous comment is quite fully accurate.

    News reports I’ve seen have the following takeaways:

    Violent extremists in the U.S. and abroad are “children of the same foul spirit,” former President George W. Bush said in his speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
    “There’s little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” he continued.
    The former president said domestic and foreign extremists share a “disdain for pluralism,” a “disregard for human life,” and a determination to defile national symbols.

    In addition “Of the more than 500 people arrested in connection with the Capitol riot, dozens had links to U.S. extremist groups such as the Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys.”

    IMHO, extremists have no justification for their actions, no matter where they live, no matter who they support, no matter their political affiliations.

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  17. 63F and just under saturated. Wow. Fall is here.

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    It was cold walking last night at 11pm. 68 F. I was wishing that I had worn my sweat shirt also.

  18. At Costco yesterday, mask usage by customers way down, still worn by most of the staff.
    Forgot to put my Costco card in the new car but remembered after only a few blocks so circled back for it. Arrived 15 minutes after opening and store already was very crowded. Had to pick up an Rx otherwise would have waited until Tuesday since early opening for seniors is now only Tuesdays and Thursdays. Will miss it when it finally goes away. Bottled water limited to two cases per person, a lot of grumbling from customers and they had an employee there reminding people of the limit when they reached for their third case. TP seemed decently stocked, including Charmin Red. Lots of full carts so perhaps some stacking going on.

  19. An analysis of ‘media bias’ in a chart form found here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/interactive-media-bias-chart/ .

    From their FB page about the chart (and probably in other locations on their web site):

    A few things to remember about the Media Bias Chart in general:

    1) There are more sources on the Interactive version! Go look there!

    “2) Middle” doesn’t mean best. It just means middle. More on that concept at
    https://www.adfontesmedia.com/intro-to-the-media-bias-chart/

    3) To arrive at these ratings, we have teams of trained analysts that are balanced with right, left, and center political views. They apply a content analysis methodology to rate numerous factors of reliability and bias. See our methodology and white paper here.
    https://www.adfontesmedia.com/how-ad-fontes-ranks-news…/

    4) No one agrees with all the placements on the Media Bias Chart because it doesn’t reflect any one person’s opinion and personal sample. It reflects the composite judgment of multiple diverse, trained analysts over a 20,000-article and episode sample.

  20. Bush had nothing to say about eight years of Obama, nothing to say about Biden’s shortcomings, and now:

    The former president said domestic and foreign extremists share a “disdain for pluralism,” a “disregard for human life,” and a determination to defile national symbols.

    he fails to make it clear that he’s talking about the Democrats.

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  21. ” To arrive at these ratings, we have teams of trained analysts that are balanced with right, left, and center political views.”

    Problem right there.

    BLM and Antifa are hard ultra-left communists. There is no equivalent on the right that has 1% of the approval.

    I recall JEP talking about being reclassified from liberal to dinosaur conservative as the left moved ever more leftward, despite the fact that his values did not change.

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  22. extremists have no justification for their actions

    Situation: Your granddaughter’s school is going to give every child age 6-18 a coronavirus vaccine injection as an emergency response to a reported increase in cases. Parents are not allowed to opt out and will not be allowed to pick up their children until the injection has been administered.

    What is a justifiable action on your part, if you hear about it one day just after school starts?

    Situation: An extremist political movement has seized control of the government, has received recognition by some other nations, and has declared their intent to destroy everyone who supported the previous government, cutting off access to food, destroying their businesses, driving them out of their homes and into camps and threatening and using military force at the slightest opposition.

    What is a justifiable action by the supporters of the ousted regime, in the face of their threatened genocide?

    Fun fact: You might reasonably think that the second situation referred to Democrats and their fellow travellers in today’s US but it was a reference to a coup and multi-way civil war in an African nation. Actually, it likely applied to power changes in many African nations in the last 75 years, but I saw only one up close and personal.

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  23. At Costco yesterday, mask usage by customers way down, still worn by most of the staff.

    Austin PD was parked in front of our local Sam’s this afternoon, sending the message that the “suggestion” posted at the entrance about wearing masks into the store isn’t as optional as the sign implies.

    Everybody had a mask inside.

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  24. “Stalled: September Arctic Sea Remains Surprisingly Stable Over Past Decade, “Long Way From Predicted “Ice Free””
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/11/stalled-september-arctic-sea-remains-surprisingly-stable-over-past-decade-long-way-from-predicted-ice-free/

    “This year’s Arctic sea ice minimum reaches third highest level in a decade, latest data show.”

    Has any of the predictions of the crazy climate changers come to pass yet ?

    Remember, we are in an ice age if EITHER of the poles is frozen. Both poles are frozen which apparently has only happened 11% of the time period that we can figure out.

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  25. Vaccinations for other things have been required for school entry in  years (decades?) past. If a disease is judged by a preponderance of medical professionals to be a possible threat to children (and the adults that they are around in school), why wouldn’t the Covid ‘jab’ be treated any differently?

    Yes, a one-day notice is too quick. And there is no approved vaccine for under-12, so a requirement for over-12 (students and teachers and administrators and others) to get the jab to work at the school is appropriate, given that the jab will reduce the risk of the disease to those that are vaccinated. Yes, un-vaccinated children under 12 are susceptible to Covid, and the vaccination doesn’t prevent ‘sharing’ of the cooties from the vaccinated to the children. But children that are infected with Covid are much more likely to survive or have mild symptoms.

    (Anecdotal experience: relative – father/mother/5 children under 12 – had exposure to Covid and tested positive. First the oldest child, which quarantined the whole family. Then spread to the rest of the family. Including the mother who was vaccinated and got mild symptoms. And the father, who is not vaccinated and got more severe symptoms, but thankfully not requiring hospitalization.)

    With regards to the medial profession (nurses, doctors, anyone in that environment), many have been required to get other vaccines as a condition of their employment. Including the yearly flu vaccine. No problems (overall) with that until the Covid vaccine has been required.

    I usually don’t get the flu shot each year. And I usually don’t get the flu. Maybe a cold that hangs on for a week or two, but no fevers. But I got the Covid vaccine this time as soon as it was available.

    It may be (probably is) that the Covid vaccine has become politicized – witness the fact that more left-aligned political people are vaccinated than those that are right-aligned. But I am still a proponent of getting the vaccine. And masking if required. And washing my hands. And using hand sanitizer. All as a precaution.

    I want to be around for the round of great-grandkids that I suspect will happen within a year or two.

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  26. With regards to the medial profession (nurses, doctors, anyone in that environment), many have been required to get other vaccines as a condition of their employment.

    Vaccines which aren’t actually vaccines*, which have not gone through a full safety trial and for which effective alternatives already exist? Please elucidate.

    * The clot shot isn’t a vaccine by the traditional definition. I guess you can say that it is now, on account of the definition of vaccine having been changed very recently in such a fashion as to include the clot shot.

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  27. By the way, I’ve never faulted anyone for wearing a mask, isolating, wearing latex gloves, disinfecting everything in sight, or getting the notvax. Your body, your choice.

    Where I draw the line is when people go full Karen and demand that others mask up (despite the uselessness of the surgical-style mask worn by most) or get the clot shot (despite its apparent uselessness and its high risk of harm).

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  28. Virginia Education Dept. Blasted for 9/11 Sensitivity Training Video for Teachers

    “The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks.”
    Posted by Mike LaChance Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 09:00am

    A 9/11 sensitivity training video shown to teachers in Virginia is sparking outrage from parents who say it is minimizing the severity of September 11th and rewriting history.

    The training session is led by a professor from American University who even says the hijackers should not be called terrorists.

    “As an American Muslim parent and journalist who has investigated Islamic terrorism for the past 20 years, it’s offensive, immoral, unethical, manipulative and dangerous,” Nomani said. “The Virginia Department of Education is woke-washing the 9/11 attacks. Speaker Amaarah DeCuir instructs teachers to erase the fact that the 9/11 hijackers were motivated by an extremist interpretation of Islam. Decuir advises teachers to talk about ‘extremists’ behind the 9/11 attacks, without identifying them as Muslim extremists or calling them out as ‘terrorists.’ It would be like teaching about the Holocaust without discussing Nazi Germany.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/09/virginia-education-dept-blasted-for-9-11-sensitivity-training-video-for-teachers/

    It is deeply offensive to have a burka-wearing terrorist enabler deliver any opinion about 9/11.

    If the leftists in this country are allowed to label political speech that they don’t like as “the equivalent of violence”, then this is more equivalent to violence than anything they have ever complained about.

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  29. With regards to the medial profession (nurses, doctors, anyone in that environment), many have been required to get other vaccines as a condition of their employment. Including the yearly flu vaccine. No problems (overall) with that until the Covid vaccine has been required.

    With the flu vaccine, the option for healthcare workers was either vaccination or a mask during flu season.

    A significant number of people cannot have the flu shot due to egg allergies.

  30. Has any of the predictions of the crazy climate changers come to pass yet ?

    Remember, we are in an ice age if EITHER of the poles is frozen. Both poles are frozen which apparently has only happened 11% of the time period that we can figure out.

    Ah, the extinction clock is keeping track of predictions made by notable individuals. The oldest prediction was made Paul Ehrlich “America subject to water & food rationing, says Paul Ehrlich (Stanford). From the Redlands Daily Facts (page 3), quote: “America will be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980″.”
    https://extinctionclock.org/

    Not a single prediction of doom has come to pass. Including the infamous ice age cometh by Time magazine and many other magazine in 1974, “New Ice Age, ‘no indication of reversing’, causing droughts and affecting grain-exporting countries.
    From Time magazine, quote: “the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. […] satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. […] “

  31. Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys–

    –none of these are extremist groups.

    Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic… and meant it. We won’t “just follow orders.”

    Below is our declaration of orders we will NOT obey because we will consider them unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral violations of the natural rights of the people. Such orders would be acts of war against the American people by their own government, and thus acts of treason. We will not make war against our own people. We will not commit treason. We will defend the Republic.

    Three Percenter – Dictionary.com
    https://www.dictionary.com/e/politics/three-percenter/

    A Three Percenter is someone who advocates for a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment of the US constitution, strongly believing in armed rebellion against perceived government overreach, especially with respect to gun laws.

    December 7, 2018

    A high-ranking FBI agent told reporters that the Western-chauvinist group Proud Boys, which has made headlines for its part in violent clashes in Portland, Ore., and New York, is not considered an extremist group, contradicting a report from a Washington state sheriff’s office that circulated in November.

    According to the Oregonian, Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon said during a discussion with Portland-area journalists that the FBI had not intended to designate the group as extremist during a slide show with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. That office later released a report that said the FBI considers the group to have ties to white nationalism, an assertion to which the Proud Boys objected.

    The FBI says it assesses threats and investigates individuals with the potential to cause violence but does not go after people for being members of particular groups or exercising their free-speech rights.

    –I’ll add that the founding fathers were almost certainly an extremist group.

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  32. Russia Today  has a bigger audience than almost any of the networks, and most of the left leaning websites.  Sometimes HUGELY bigger audience.

     

    Who knew?

     

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  33. Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys–

    –none of these are extremist groups.

    Yup. The extremist groups of today are BLM and Antifa.

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  34. Some hard numbers.

    More children have been SHOT in Chicago this year than the total number of those who have died from COVID-19 nationwide

    More children have died from gunshot wounds than COVID-19 in the city Chicago, according to a new report
    A total of 214 minors have died of COVID-19 in the country; 261 were shot in Chicago, the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics
    Coronavirus cases among children have spiked over the last two months, but death rates within are only 0-0.27 percent of COVID-19 fatalities nationwide
    Only seven states of the entire 52 reported no deaths among children, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics report
    In Chicago, more children have been shot to death citywide than have died of the virus in the whole state of Illinois

    –I have started to immediately discount any discussion or article that only uses percentages or “rates” or “x times more/less likely”. The only exception would be if they actually showed their math, both nominator and denominator.

    All the panic and drama over covid and kids. 218 in 18 months out of 74 million kids (not counting illegals, so the total # of kids is actually probably much higher.)

    AND kids are also probably not the route for a family infection-

    COVID-19 Transmission and Children: The Child Is Not to Blame

    These data all suggest that children are not significant drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear why documented SARS-CoV-2 transmission from children to other children or adults is so infrequent.

    Anecdotally, but based also on the reports we get from our school district, our kids are BRINGING it to school, ie. are sick before they get to school, rather than GETTING it at school.

    We’ve been back at school for a while, and we get one or two positive tests, usually among staff, not kids, per week per school. This is consistent with the previous surge too.

    And from the headline, 7 states have had ZERO child deaths from covid.

    The evidence is kids don’t get it at school, they don’t bring it home, and they don’t give it to their families. And the number of kids is noise in the data compared to other causes of death.

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  35. The evidence is kids don’t get it at school, they don’t bring it home, and they don’t give it to their families.

    Anecdotal – the (related) family that got Covid through the  whole household appears to have gotten it from school (elementary age student was the first to test positive). No tracing to ensure that.

    But the one adult family member that is not vaccinated got a moderate-to-severe symptoms. Had to take one trip to the ER for dehydration, but nothing worse (thankfully). The other members of the family (including children) also tested positive.

    Note that the other adult is an RN, who is vaccinated, and got mild symptoms. All have been in quarantine for almost two weeks. Still some symptoms persist.

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  36. @Nick

    –I have started to immediately discount any discussion or article that only uses percentages or “rates” or “x times more/less likely”. The only exception would be if they actually showed their math, both nominator and denominator.

    They play fast and loose any way they can. Case in point:

    Alabama man dies of heart issue after being rejected by 43 ICUs at capacity

    https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/09/11/alabama-man-dies-of-heart-issue-after-being-rejected-by-43-icus-at-capacity-n415219

    Cullman County. Population 88,000. Add the total population of the adjacent counties and you get just about 500,000. 5-6 small hospitals, with just a few ICU beds.  (FYI, the unincorporated town of Bug Tussle is in Cullman County)

    “Due to COVID 19, CRMC emergency staff contacted 43 hospitals in 3 states in search of a Cardiac ICU bed and finally located one in Meridian, MS”

    Meridian is nearly 200 miles away. Birmingham is about 50. Atlanta is 170. That’s where most of the 43 hospitals are located.

    But notice, Mr. DeMonia was a cardiac patient. He needed a cardiac ICU bed.

    Cardiac ICU (CICU) is about half the adult ICU beds, and they are not interchangeable. Cardiovascular disease is a comorbidity in less than 10% of kunglu patients, so about 1-in-10 might be going to CICU. Kungflu patients were not likely, for the most part, to be competing with Mr. DeMonia for a bed.

    Finally, the non-PC but truthful observation: Birmingham and Atlanta, the likely location of most of those 43 hospitals, have largely black populations which are overwhelmingly Democrats. Vaccination rate for blacks is about 2/3 that of whites. It is likely that the vaccination rate disparity combined with the known differences in comorbidity rates result in over-representation of some races in ICU, including CICU.

    Where’s the PSA with the video of Kamela saying she wouldn’t get the Trump jab, followed by the tearful statement straight into the camera: “I was wrong. I got the shot. So should you.”?

  37. Doing some additional noodling on a webpage I had already looked at, I found a wealth of additional information on hospital ICU’s:

    “Cullman County, Alabama has reported having 11 staffed adult ICU beds and 23 are currently filled. Due to the low number of beds, we do not report ICU capacity used data.”

    https://covidactnow.org/us/alabama-al/county/cullman_county/?s=22851206

    “Jefferson County, Alabama [Birmingham]has reported having 517 staffed adult ICU beds. 310 are filled by non-COVID patients and 193 are filled by COVID patients. Overall, 503 out of 517 (97%) are filled. This suggests hospitals cannot absorb a wave of new COVID infections without substantial surge capacity.”

    https://covidactnow.org/us/alabama-al/county/jefferson_county/?s=22851206

    “Fulton County, Georgia has reported having 483 staffed adult ICU beds. 266 are filled by non-COVID patients and 158 are filled by COVID patients. Overall, 424 out of 483 (88%) are filled. This suggests hospitals cannot absorb a wave of new COVID infections without substantial surge capacity.”

    https://covidactnow.org/us/georgia-ga/county/fulton_county/?s=22851206

    “DeKalb County, Georgia has reported having 202 staffed adult ICU beds. 146 are filled by non-COVID patients and 49 are filled by COVID patients. Overall, 195 out of 202 (97%) are filled. This suggests hospitals cannot absorb a wave of new COVID infections without substantial surge capacity.”

    https://covidactnow.org/us/georgia-ga/county/de_kalb_county/?s=22851206

    see also

    “Morgan County, Alabama has reported having 19 staffed adult ICU beds. 7 are filled by non-COVID patients and 9 are filled by COVID patients. Overall, 16 out of 19 (89%) are filled. This suggests hospitals cannot absorb a wave of new COVID infections without substantial surge capacity”

    https://covidactnow.org/us/alabama-al/county/morgan_county/?s=22851206

    note: Morgan County is the most populous county adjacent to Cullman County, with a population of 123,000, and was added for comparison

    Notice that the discrepancy in the ICU beds per thousand between the most and least populated counties is about 10x.

  38. So, if there were more vaccinated people, then less of those would need ICU beds, because vaccinated people are much less likely to require hospitalization. (Proven scientific fact, multiple sources; I suspect @ech would provide authoritative information.)

    That would result in an increase of ICU bed capacity.

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  39. ICUs always run near capacity.  It’s the only way they can afford to have them. Listen to the ambulance/EMT scanner on any weekend pre- or post-covid and hospitals fill up and go on diversion all the time. They admit until they are filled, then start discharging or downgrading, or divert.

    No one is guaranteed a spot.

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  40. Larry Correia is on fire. And still sensible at the same time.

    https://monsterhunternation.com/2021/09/10/this-week-in-politics-its-all-bullshit-and-were-fucked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-week-in-politics-its-all-bullshit-and-were-fucked

    And then some of you will ask, but Correia, what’s your solution? Lol. What solution? Shit’s probably going to get weirder. My solution? Buy ammo and food storage. Make friends with your neighbors and be useful to your community. Don’t live anywhere run by democrats.

    And for the fools cheering this madness on, we have this system for a reason. We have laws for a reason. We create laws the way we do for a reason. The founding fathers weren’t stupid. They were smarter than you idiots. Quit trying to gut or destroy every protection they put in place. That shit is there to protect you. But these stupid motherfuckers are not going to quit pushing until a critical mass of Americans just says fuck it and go full on Rwandan machete party.

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  41. @RickH

    “So, if there were more vaccinated people, then less of those would need ICU beds, because vaccinated people are much less likely to require hospitalization. (Proven scientific fact, multiple sources; I suspect @ech would provide authoritative information.)”

    @nick flandrey

    “ICUs always run near capacity. It’s the only way they can afford to have them. Listen to the ambulance/EMT scanner on any weekend pre- or post-covid and hospitals fill up and go on diversion all the time. They admit until they are filled, then start discharging or downgrading, or divert.

    No one is guaranteed a spot.”

    Rick, the least vaccinated part of the population is firmly in the Democrat camp, yet the efforts are being made to deliver the most butt-hurt to people not in that camp. It’s not that the veneer is thin, it’s that you can read the intent right through it glass-clear.

    As Nick pointed out, the ICU’S always seem to be filled up. I won’t apologize for not having data, but I would estimate to a 95% CI that the percentage being fully insured (i.e., paying super-premium prices) and in the ICU is considerably higher than could be expected based on the illnesses of the population coming in the doors. (And 95%, as we are often reminded, is the “gold standard” for medical studies).

    The 10x discrepancy could be argued to represent proof of the corruption of public health in favor of the profits being made by hospitals and insurance companies.

    It could also be argued that specialty medical care is better provided by a spoke-and-hub system that directs patients needing higher levels of care to larger facilities in metropolitan areas, particularly when utilization is at capacity. OTOH, the counter-argument is that when a pandemic or other large-scale crisis presents, the result is that patient transfers don’t happen because the facilities are already filled.

    Also worthy of note is that it would be interesting to compare the Medicare reimbursement rates for identical services provide by those 43 hospitals and ask for the computations supporting any differences. Equal pay for equal work indeed, excepting some are more equal than others.

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  42. @Nick

    ” The founding fathers weren’t stupid. They were smarter than you idiots.”

    In 1776 the population of the 13 colonies is estimated as 2.5 million. 2020 population is 331 million. 132x. We should have 132 Washingtons, 132 Jeffersons, 132 John Adams, etc.

    Where are they?

    In these times, I hope and pray that we have more than 132 Samuel Adams.

    (No problem finding the 132 Benedict Arnolds now, is there?)

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  43. Where are they?

    –working. Or fallen victim to addiction. Or low expectations got them. Or the school system beat it out of them. Or they went into financial shenanigans rather than something productive.

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  44. “Evangelical Lutheran church installs 1st transgender bishop”
    https://apnews.com/article/religion-california-san-francisco-3442c30f6ab2cc4269630535d6e5fc4b

    “SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral on Saturday.
    The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.”

    OK, I am confused. Is this a guy claiming to be woman claiming to be in a gay marriage ?


  45. the least vaccinated part of the population is firmly in the Democrat camp

    Source?

  46. Multiple, but vax ‘uptake’ is reported to be lowest among blacks. Blacks are also reliably D voters, although only Gnu gnows why, particularly in the ATL area.

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  47. OK, I am confused.

    –I got other things to do than worry about crazy people like that. I suppose it’s a harmless hobby, trying to keep up, but if you’re not embedded in the milieu, you don’t have a chance…. so not much point in trying.

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